Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephanie Meyer

My rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars.


The short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephenie Meyer is sort of an outside extension novella to the Twilight series, and it was kind of bitter sweet to me. I debated between a two and three star for some time. Nothing higher than that because it didn’t in any way compare to the actual Twilight books. Which in my opinion, would be hard to do, because lets face it, she set the bar pretty darn high. I’m a big fan of Stephenie and her one of a kind vampire Saga, so I was pretty excited to learn of an attached novella.

Bree Tanner’s is the story of a newborn vampire who was changed merely to be a disposable pawn in a planned fight against the Cullens. She is changed, therefore remembers nothing of her previous life as a human. She is thrown in a run down abandoned building with the rest of the newborn army. They are vicious pack of crazed bloodsuckers. Bree is forced to find her place in the group in order to survive. She struggles with her urges and her thirst for blood. As the story leads up to the final battle Bree has to choose between the duties she was changed for, and her new found newborn friend — one who wants to leave the group and live.

Ultimately, I felt like the story was forced and predictable. It was lacking, and I was somewhat disappointing. It was interesting to read a backstory that led to one of my favorite of the Cullen’s battles, but it left me unsatisfied. I felt like Stephanie could have done better.


Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma's Library says:

    It has been a while since I’ve read any of the Twilight books and they used to be my favourites. I liked this novella but like you thought, I don’t think it did the series any justice. xx

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    1. Right?!? I was so lost in thought after I read this book. I couldn’t decide whether to like it, or hate it, or even if I was interested enough to care either way…. I really felt like she forced it, just to keep the story going (I mean who could blame her!) But yes, definitively a bit of a let down 😦


      1. Emma's Library says:

        Definitely. Often novellas have their place but this one seemed pointless to me, especially since Bree dies anyway. To me it was written more for Stephanie’s curiosity than anything else.

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  2. TeacherofYA says:

    I bought this awhile back at my library and it was right after my Twilight obsession. I never read it. I liked that proceeds for the original book went to charity, but I feel that once Meyer got famous, she just stopped caring about her creations. I thought The Host was wonderful and she never followed it up.

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    1. It really is an easy read. You can get through it in just a couple sittings, so if you’re a super big Meyer fan, then I’d say it’s not a totally loss. I didn’t realize the proceeds were donated, that’s pretty awesome actually!


  3. I’m so glad I didn’t bother with this now. I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled with the last two books in the Twilight series, and while I enjoyed The Host, she really hasn’t done too much with that series either.😕

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    1. She really hasn’t… Perhaps reading this one alone I would have had a different prospective, but in comparison it was definitely lacking 😦

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  4. Not a fan of the Twilight Series and its twinkling vamps, but sometimes authors need to just say, “It’s over”, and stop revisiting certain worlds. Yes, there are characters fans will never get enough of, but better to leave them happy and wanting instead of frowning and shaking their heads.

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    1. Well said. She should have definitely left on a high note 😦 …. twinkling vamps hahahah My husband still makes fun of me for liking these books BTW lol

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  5. I haven’t read this one. I did read and thoroughly enjoy the Twilight saga. I guess I wasn’t too interested in Bree or the newborn army. They were just background characters, in my opinion. So this one never really intrigued me the way the main series did. But I suppose each series has its successes and fails. Great review, by the way 🙂

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    1. So true! You win some you loose some 🙂 Thank you! 🙂


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